Interpretation of the Ninth Utterance
In people’s imagination, God is God, and man is man. God does not speak the language of man, nor can man speak the language of God, and to God, man’s demands of Him are a piece of cake, whereas God’s requirements of man are unattainable and unthinkable to man. The fact, however, is precisely the opposite: God only asks “0.1 percent” of man. This is not only astonishing to everyone, but also makes them feel very much bewildered, as if they’re all at sea. It is only thanks to the enlightenment of God, and the grace of God, that people gain a little knowledge of God’s will. But on March 1, all people were once again left bewildered and scratching their heads. God asked that His people be gleaming snow, not drifting clouds. So what does this “gleaming snow” refer to? And what does “drifting clouds” indicate? At this point, God is deliberately saying nothing of the inner meaning of these words. This plunges people into confusion, and thus increases their faith as they seek—for it is a specific requirement of God’s people, and not something else, and so everyone finds themselves spontaneously spending more time thinking about these unfathomable words. As a result, various ideas sprout in their brains, drifting snowflakes flash before their eyes, and drifting clouds in the sky immediately appear in their minds. Why does God ask that His people be as gleaming snow, and not as drifting clouds? What is the true meaning here? What are these words specifically referring to? “Gleaming snow” not only makes the landscape look pretty, but is also good for farmland—it is good at killing bacteria. After a heavy snowfall, all the bacteria are covered by the gleaming snow, and the whole space immediately becomes brimming with life. Likewise, the people of God must not only know God incarnate, but also subdue themselves upon the fact of God’s incarnation, and thus live out normal humanity. This is how snow makes the landscape look pretty; ultimately, the maturity of God’s people shall bring an end to the great red dragon, establishing God’s kingdom on earth, spreading and glorifying God’s holy name, so that the whole of the kingdom on earth is filled with God’s righteousness, shines forth the radiance of God, and sparkles with the glory of God, and everywhere there are scenes of peace and contentment, happiness and fulfillment, and ever-renewed beauty. The various plagues that exist at the present time—the corrupt satanic dispositions, such as unrighteousness, crookedness and deceitfulness, evil desires and so on—are all eradicated, and thus heaven and earth are both renewed. This is the true meaning of “after a heavy snowfall.” Those who are drifting clouds are like the kind of people who follow the herd spoken of by God; if there is the temptation of Satan, or the trials of God, they will immediately drift away, to exist no longer. Not even their essence will survive, having vanished long ago. If people are drifting clouds, they are not only incapable of living out the image of God, but also bring shame upon God’s name, for such people are in danger of being snatched away at any time or place, they are the food that Satan consumes, and when Satan takes them captive, they will betray God and serve Satan. This clearly brings shame upon God’s name, it is what God resents most of all, and they are God’s enemies. Thus, they are both without the substance of normal people and without any actual use value. It is because of this that God makes such requirements of His people. But after understanding something of these words, people are at a loss for what to do next, for the topic of God’s words has turned to God Himself, which puts them in a difficult position: “Because I came from the holy land, not like the lotus, which has only a name and no substance because it came from the mire and not the holy land.” Why, after speaking of His requirements toward His people, does God describe the birth of God Himself? Could it be that there is a connection between the two? Indeed, there is an inherent connection between them—if not, God would not speak thus to people. Amongst the green leaves, the lotus sways back and forth in the gentle breeze. It is pleasing to the eye and greatly cherished. People simply can’t get enough of it, and are itching to swim in the water to pick a stem and get a closer look. Yet God says the lotus comes from the mire, and has only a name and no substance. It appears that God attaches no importance to lotuses, and from His words can be clearly seen that He has some loathing toward them. Throughout the ages, many have poured praise on lotuses because they emerge unstained from the filth, to the point that they are almost beyond compare, indescribably wonderful. But in God’s eyes, lotuses are worthless—which is precisely the difference between God and man. This is enough to show the distance between God and man, one that is as great as that between the top of the sky and the bottom of the earth. Because a lotus comes from the mire, the nutrients it requires all come from there. It’s just that the lotus is able to disguise itself, and thus provide a feast for the eyes. Many people see only the lotus’ beautiful exterior, but none of them see that the life within the lotus is filthy and impure. Thus, God says that it has only a name and no substance—which is totally correct and true. And isn’t this precisely what God’s people are like today? They only obey and believe in God externally. Before God, they curry favor and parade themselves to make God satisfied with them; inside, however, they are stuffed with the corrupt satanic disposition, their bellies filled with impurities. Thus, God poses questions to man, asking whether his loyalty to God is tainted with impurities, whether it is pure and wholehearted. When they were service-doers, many people praised God in their mouths but cursed Him in their hearts. In their mouths, they were obedient to God, but in their hearts, they disobeyed God. Their mouths uttered negative words, and in their hearts they hid opposition to God. There were even those whose actions were coordinated: They released obscenities with their mouths and gesticulated with their hands, utterly dissolute, giving a vivid and lifelike expression of the true face of the great red dragon. They are truly worthy of being called the spawn of the great red dragon. But today, they stand in the place of loyal service-doers and act like God’s loyal people—how shameless! It’s no wonder; they came from the mire, so they can’t help but show their true colors. Because God is holy and pure, and real and actual, His flesh comes from the Spirit. This is definite, and beyond doubt. Not only being able to bear testimony to God Himself, but also being able to completely carry out God’s will: this is one side of God’s substance. That the flesh comes from the Spirit with an image means that the flesh with which the Spirit clothes Himself is essentially different to the flesh of man, and this difference primarily lies in their spirit. What the Spirit with an image refers to is how, as a result of being covered by normal humanity, the divinity is able to work normally within, which is not the least bit supernatural, and is not limited by humanity. The “image of the Spirit” refers to complete divinity, and is not limited by humanity. As such, God’s inherent disposition and true image can be completely lived out in the incarnate flesh, which is not only normal and stable, but with majesty and wrath. The first incarnate flesh could only present the God of people’s conceptions, that is, He was only able to perform the signs and wonders and speak prophecy. Thus, He did not completely live out the reality of God, and so was not the embodiment of the Spirit with an image; He was but the direct appearance of divinity. And because He transcended normal humanity, He was not called the complete practical God Himself, but had a little of the vague God in heaven about Him, He was the God of people’s conceptions. This is the essential difference between the two incarnate fleshes.
From the highest point in the universe, God watches over man’s every move, over all that people say and do. Even every innermost thought of theirs He observes with absolute clarity, not overlooking it—and so God’s words cut right to people’s hearts, striking at their every thought, and His words are astute and without error. “Although man knows My Spirit, he also offends My Spirit. My words lay bare the ugly face of all people, and lay bare the innermost thoughts of all people, and cause all upon earth to fall down in the midst of My scrutiny.” From this can be seen that, although God’s requirements of man are not high, people are still unable to endure the scrutiny of God’s Spirit. “But though man falls down, his heart does not dare to stray far from Me. Among the creatures, who does not come to love Me because of My deeds?” This is even more indicative of God’s full wisdom and omnipotence, and thus reveals all that God’s people thought when they were in the position of service-doers: Although, following a “trade” that ended in failure, the “hundreds of thousands” or “millions” in their heads came to nothing, because of God’s administrative decrees, and because of God’s majesty and wrath, even though they hung their heads in sorrow, they still served God amid negativity, all of their practices of the past became but empty talk, and totally forgotten; instead they did the things at will that made them and everybody else happy to keep themselves entertained, in order to pass or idle away the time…. This was what was really going on among man. Thus, God opens up to man and says: “Who does not yearn for Me as a result of My words? In whom are not born feelings of devotion because of My love?” To tell the truth, people are all willing to accept God’s words, and there is not one of them who does not like to read the words of God—it’s just that they are unable to put God’s words into practice because they are hindered by their natures. After reading God’s words, many people can’t bear to be apart from God’s words, and the love for God wells up within them. Thus, God once again curses Satan, and once more exposes its ugly face. “The era in which Satan runs riot and is madly despotic” is also the very age that God begins His official, great work on earth. Next, He begins the work of annihilating the world. Which is to say, the more that Satan runs riot, the closer the day of God comes, and so the more God speaks of Satan’s wantonness, thus is shown that the day on which God annihilates the world draws closer. Such is God’s proclamation to Satan.
Why did God repeatedly say “… and, behind My back, they engage in those ‘laudable’ dirty dealings. Do you think the flesh, with which I clothe Myself, knows nothing of your actions, your behavior, and your words?” He didn’t just say such words one or two times—why is that? Once people have been comforted by God, and are aware of God’s sorrow for man, it is easy for them to forget the past as they struggle onward. But God is not the least bit lenient toward man: He keeps going after people’s thoughts. Thus He asks people many times to know themselves, to cease their debauchery, to no longer engage in those “laudable” dirty dealings, and to never again deceive God in the flesh. Although people’s natures do not change, there is benefit in reminding them a few times. After this, God speaks from the perspective of man to reveal the mysteries in him: “Many years have I endured the wind and the rain, and so too have I experienced the bitterness of the human world, yet upon closer reflection, no amount of suffering can make man of flesh lose hope in Me, much less can any sweetness cause man of flesh to become cold, downhearted, or dismissive toward Me. Is man’s love for Me really limited to either no pain or no sweetness?” “All beneath the sun is empty,” these words indeed have inner meaning. Thus God is saying that nothing can make man lose hope in Him or grow cold toward Him. If people do not love God, they may as well be dead; if they do not love God, then their suffering is in vain, and their blessings are empty, and added to their sins. Because not a single person truly loves God, thus He says, “Is man’s love for Me really limited to either no pain or no sweetness?” In the world of man, how could anyone exist without pain or sweetness? Time and time again, God says, “Not a single man has ever truly seen My face and has ever truly heard My voice, for man does not truly know Me.” God says that man does not truly know Him, yet why does He ask that man know Him? Isn’t this a contradiction? Every one of God’s words has a certain aim. Because man has grown callous, God employs the principle of doing 100% of His work in man in order to ultimately achieve 0.1 percent in man’s heart. Such is the method by which God works, and God must act thus in order to achieve His aims. This is also precisely the wisdom of God’s words. Have you grasped this?
God says “When I reveal My mysteries directly and make plain My will in the flesh, you take no notice; you listen to the sound, but do not understand the meaning. I am overcome with sadness. Although I am in the flesh, I am unable to do the work of the ministry of the flesh.” In one regard, these words make people, because of their callousness, take the initiative to cooperate with God; in another regard, God reveals the true face of His divinity in the flesh. Because people’s stature is too small, the revelation of divinity during the period that God is in the flesh is only according to man’s abilities of acceptance. During this stage of work, most people remain incapable of full acceptance, which sufficiently shows how poor their abilities of acceptance are. Thus, the divinity does not entirely perform its original function when working; this is but a small part. This shows that in the work of the future, the divinity will gradually be revealed according to the state of man’s recovery. The divinity, however, does not grow gradually, but is what the incarnate God essentially has, and is unlike the stature of man.
There was an aim and meaning to God’s creation of man, and thus God said, “If man were destroyed by My wrath, what would be the significance of My creation of the heavens and earth?” After man was corrupted, God planned the gaining of a portion of people for His enjoyment; it is not the case that all people are to be destroyed, or that they will be eradicated at the slightest violation of God’s administrative decrees. This is not the will of God. As God said, that would be meaningless. It is precisely because of this “meaninglessness” that God’s wisdom is made plain. Is there not greater significance in God speaking and working by many means in order to chastise, judge, and strike at all people, ultimately selecting those who truly love Him? And it is precisely this way that God’s deeds are revealed, and so the creation of man becomes more meaningful. Thus, most of God’s words float past; this is in order to achieve an aim, and only this is the reality of some of His words.